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Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2017 (NCJ 253105) October 2019
Fact Sheet
OJJDP National Report Series
4 page(s)
In 2017, juvenile courts in the United States handled 818,900 delinquency cases that involved juveniles charged with criminal law violations, 2 percent less than the number of cases handled in 2016. From 2005 through 2017, the number of delinquency cases declined 51 percent, with decreases in all four offense categories: property offense cases (down 57 percent), public order offense cases (down 54 percent), person offense cases (down 45 percent), and drug law violation cases (down 42 percent). In 2017, property offense cases accounted for the largest proportion (32 percent) of the delinquency caseload, followed by person offense cases (29 percent), public order offense cases (25 percent), and drug offense cases (13 percent). The estimates are based on data from nearly 2,500 courts with jurisdiction over 86 percent of the nation's juvenile population in 2017.
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